Join Us In Welcoming Paul Dietz
Import Manager – Craft + Estate Imports
Sherlock’s Wine Merchant Peachtree
1831 Peachtree Rd NE
~ Taste The Wines of Austria ~
Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of anyone who loves bright, elegant wines. These food-friendly, cool-climate reds and whites are quintessentially European in style with racy acidity, moderate alcohol, and tart, fresh fruit flavors. Austrian wines are prized for their near-uniform dedication to excellence, and it is now difficult to find a bad bottle.
Rather than joining in on the worldwide trend to plant international varieties, Austria has chosen to stake its reputation mainly on its native grapes. Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and vegetal and peppery aromatics, is the most important, comprising nearly a third of Austrian wines. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Unlike their German counterparts, Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry, with higher alcohol, slightly lower acidity, and flavors that lean more toward the citrus end of the fruit spectrum. Field blends of these two grapes along with Pinot Blanc and other white varieties known as Gemischter Satz are popular for daily consumption in Vienna. Red wines include light, tart-fruited Zweigelt, juicy and spicy Blaufränkisch, and Pinot-Noir-like Saint Laurent.
~ Selections To Be Tasted~
Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut
Szigeti produces wine from a number of small farms near Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland and Niederösterreich. They work closely with growers to ensure they produce reliable, high-quality sparkling wines from grapes that have been grown without chemical intervention. Varietal wines, such as the Grüner Veltliner Brut, are sourced from multiple vineyards in the Burgenland region.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points: Glimpses of golden ripe mirabelle plum and the slightest hint of lovage create a lovely nose and continue to feature on the creamy, finely foaming palate. The body is wonderfully light, framed by foamy autolysis and pervaded by citrus peel freshness. A totally individual but refreshing Austrian fizz.
2016 Weingut Stadt krems Gruner Veltliner
With over 550 years of history, Weingut Stadt Krems is one of the oldest wine-producers in Austria, and even in the whole of Europe. Until 1744, the Town Hall in the historical centre of the city, which is over a thousand years old, accommodated the press house and the maturing cellar. They were then relocated to the cellar in the “Corporis Christi Brotherhood”. In 1915, the city acquired a wine cellar in the town moat. The estate wines of the city have been pressed there ever since. No wines or grapes have ever been bought from outside vineyards.
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points: A touch of yeast and sage emerges amidst lime peel scents on the nose of this wine. The palate reinforces those flavors, while white pepper and lime notes tingle around the edges. It’s lean but concentrated and finishes with such a clean and refreshing zip that you just want to sip more.
2016 Prager Federspirl Riesling
From rock to wine… is the motto of Ilse and Toni Bodenstein. Their goal: to make individual, one-of-a-kind wines that clearly reflects their origin. In working their vineyards and cellar, they follow traditional precepts, complemented by useful and necessary innovations, never losing sight of their aim to produce the highest possible quality. Prager’s vineyards cover an area of over 40 acres and are composed by 60% Riesling and 40% Grüner Veltliner.
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points: Ripe citrus notes appear immediately, recalling Amalfi lemon with rounder notions of tangerine and mandarine. The palate slims down to a light-footed, slender core of juicy, friendly and invigorating freshness. Streamlined and lemony, it evokes a citrusy brightness that seems almost cleansing.
2017 Weingut Loimer Rose
Fred Loimer’s wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria. He began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture. His estate near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal region includes several prestigious single-vineyards and his winery is a model of modern efficiency.
Winemaker Notes: Zweigelt gives this rosé a soft and fruity character with aromas and flavors of red cherries, plums, and Red Delicious apples. Pinot Noir contributes to the wine’s aromatics, lending floral and herbal aromas in addition to refreshing acidity.
2015 Paul Achs Blaufränkisch Heideboden
Paul Achs returned to the family winery in Gols in 1991 after spending time in California where he learned to produce red wines at the highest level of quality. Ninety percent of the production is dedicated to red wine and all 58 acres are farmed biodynamically. Paul Achs wines are characterized by elegance and finesse. Blaufränkisch Heideboden serves as the entry-level in Paul Achs’ range of Blaufränkisch. It is intended to be approachable and fresh tasting. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is aged for 12 months in a combination of used Burgundian pièce and large French and Austrian oak casks.
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points: This is chock-full of peppery red cherry fruit, handled with an unobtrusive touch to showcase the trueness and purity. Perhaps this wine is sophisticated and it is honest, delicious and totally refreshing. The fruit lingers wonderfully.